Dave Steckel is acting Coach
Coach Gary Pinkel has been suspended for one week with out pay. He will also donate one weeks salary to charity. His annual salary has been frozen for one year (he received a 2 year extension in April of $2.35 million).
Pinkel will also lose any bonuses, including potential bowl game bonus check. In addition he will serve 50 hours of community service.
Pinkel has released a statement:
“Last night after practice, I met some friends for dinner. After dinner, I was stopped by a Boone County officer and received a citation for impaired driving. First and foremost, I am very disappointed in myself for my lack of judgment in this instance. Nobody should drink and drive, including me. My staff and I constantly reinforce with each of our players the importance of not putting yourself into a position such as this. I did not follow that here and for that, I sincerely apologize to the University of Missouri, to our administration, to the Board of Curators and to our fans. I have already met with our staff and communicated with our players and have apologized to them. I accept full responsibility for my actions and will abide by whatever course of action our leadership deems appropriate.”
Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden has also released a statement.
“We are extremely disappointed in Gary’s lack of judgment. He is known as a man of great character and integrity. However, this absolutely goes against everything we stand for, and everything that he teaches his players in regards to our social responsibilities. We hold ourselves to very high standards, and this is a very serious breach of those responsibilities. We are gathering facts and will take action appropriately, and when those actions are determined, we will communicate them publicly.”